“Maybe not. But it was about you and my mom. He said you were in love with her.”
Silence. They were stopped in traffic on the bridge. She could hear the sound of the Q train rumbling past. “Do you think that’s true?” Luke said at last.
“Well.” Clary could sense the tension in the air and tried to choose her words carefully. “I don’t know. I mean, he said it before and I just dismissed it as paranoia and hatred. But this time I started thinking, and well—it is sort of weird that you’ve always been around, you’ve been like a dad to me, we practically lived on the farm in the summer, and yet neither you nor my mom ever dated anyone else.
So I thought maybe…”
“You thought maybe what?”
“That maybe you’ve been together all this time and you just didn’t want to tell me. Maybe you thought I was too young to get it. Maybe you were afraid it would start me asking questions about my dad. But I’m not too young to get it anymore. You can tell me. I guess that’s what I’m saying. You can tell me anything. […]
“When I realized how wrong I was about that, it was too late. When we ran away together from Idris, and she was pregnant with you, I offered to marry her, to take care of her. I said it didn’t matter who the father of her baby was, I’d raise it like my own. She thought I was being charitable. I couldn’t convince her I was being as selfish as I knew how to be. She told me she didn’t want to be a burden on me, that it was too much to ask of anyone. After she left me in Paris, I went back to Idris but I was always restless, never happy. There was always that part of me missing, the part that was Jocelyn. I would dream that she was somewhere needing my help, that she was calling out to me and I
couldn’t hear her. Finally, I went looking for her.” [….]
“I remember she was happy,” Clary said in a small voice. “When you found her.”
“She was and she wasn’t. She was glad to see me, but at the same time I symbolized for her that whole world she’d run from, and she wanted no part of it. She agreed to let me stay when I promised I’d give up all ties to the pack, to the Clave, to Idris, to all of it. I would have offered to move in with both of you, but Jocelyn thought my transformations would be too hard to hide from you, and I had to agree. I bought the bookstore, took a new name, and pretended Lucian Graymark was dead. And for all intents and purposes, he has been.” […]
— “City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare
Spoilers: For spoilers in the show-up and into season 2.
You know what guys? When I was watching the show the one bright spot on that show other than the Malec romance was Jocelyn and Luke’s relationship. I was actually cheering them on when they finally got together and I was pissed off beyond belief that in the next scene she was killed by a possessed Alec. However, this is the book, and Luke is not a handsome black badass black man.
Luke is a barely disguise nice guy™in the skin of Remus Lupin from ‘The Harry Potter Series’. So, again I can’t have nice things! I have since the beginning of ‘City of Bones’ have been talking about how much Clary and Jocelyn’s story are very pretty much the same.
They both are so similar and fact, that I went to say that Jocelyn is basically the older version of Clary—Mary Sue traits and all! Everyone just loves and adores Jocelyn, everyone just immediately puts their lives on the line for Jocelyn. Jocelyn is just so wonderful that she has two guys in love with her.
And yes, I said that because Valentine is still in love with Jocelyn. Oh, it’s a twisted type of Love full of obsession much like Jace’s love her Clary. However, Valentine’s actions in ‘City of Bones’ really tells me that he is in love with Jocelyn and is actually the reason that he kidnapped her. He actually wanted her back. Then we have Luke who is basically an older version of Simon. He was Jocelyn’s friend when they were children and he has put aside for the much more cooler and charismatic Valentine.
He was actually friend-zoned, and no I don’t actually believe in the friend zone. However this is how Claire is writing this storyline, so I’m going to refer to it at what it is a friend zone. Instead of grieving over his feelings and eventually getting over Jocelyn and moving. Luke instead, carried a torch for Jocelyn for close to two decades.
I honestly think that much like Simon, that he felt that he should have been rewarded with a romantic and sexual relationship with Jocelyn just because he was friends with her. It was really make clear to me back in chapter 21 of City of Bones Now, we sort of getting more insight into that relationship. and it really doesn’t make it look any better; actually, it makes it look even worse.
Luke wanted to marry Jocelyn, he wanted to take care of her. I feel that this is wasn’t because he was truly in love with her and one in a relationship with her. He could have easily supported her and taken her simply as being a friend. No, in my opinion, Luke just wanted to own Jocelyn. All of this is about ownership like Jocelyn is just a thing to be owned. This is just another case of misogyny plain and simple.
The other side of this is that in exchange for a friendship, Jocelyn is basically demanding that you give up everything that he’s ever known, his responsibilities as a pack leader, and it really feels like she’s also making him give up his identity as a werewolf as well. Jocelyn’s demands all of that in exchange for Luke simply being in her life, without giving anything in return. And no, I don’t think she’s obligated to give him a relationship sexual or otherwise. However ,all relationships familial, platonic or romantic is about give-and-take, and it really feels to me that Jocelyn is taking and not giving back at all. Much like Simon and Clary relationship, Luke is only there as a person to worship the ground Jocelyn walks on.
I honestly don’t see how their relationship is more healthy or even hell more preferable than the relationship with Valentine. The only real difference I see is that Valentine violated her body autonomy by experimenting on Jocelyn. Both relationships are both toxic and unhealthy.
As I said in the previous post, being in a relationship with someone can take up a big chunk of your life. That it’s actually understandable to me, what I don’t condone in any way is that the relationship takes over your whole entire life to where all of your responsibilities and all of your emotional attachments are nonvoid the moment you get into that relationship. This is not how healthy relationships should work by any stretch of the imagination.
Quite frankly I find it sick that Cassandra Clare is portraying this as a healthy relationship that I or anybody else should we root for. Again, much like I think with the love triangle with Clary/Jace/Simon’s relationships I don’t think that any one of those three should be together. There is just no way I could fully support something that toxic. Which is a shame, because the show showed me that if written differently, Jocelyn and Luke’s relationship could have been a beautiful healthy relationship.